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Compatibility: Select truck model years, including the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra
MSRP: Starting at $700
DECKED made a name for itself thanks to its innovative drawer systems, allowing drivers to securely stow tools, firearms, and valuables in their truck beds. Now the company’s revolutionizing vehicle storage once again with a fresh toolbox design that (for an additional $175) can include a telescoping ladder so you can easily reach inside. But even if you don’t get that upgrade, this 73.4-gallon tool box has several brilliant design features. Its seamless construction and EPDM lid gasket ensures waterproof storage. Torsion springs deliver smooth lid opening and closing — no accidentally crushing your fingers. A steel armored locking mechanism is virtually pry bar proof. Plus, a DECKED Blue D-Box comes standard to keep things organized at no extra cost.
Colors: Ranger Green, Urban Grey
Wearing gloves in the summer? A reliable pair of paw protection is good to have on hand (pun intended!) all year round. Whether it’s to prevent your fingers from getting shredded while working with rope, tools, or firewood or wearing it on your support hand during a weekend-long carbine shooting course, gloves can make the difference between dexterous digits and blistered booger hooks. The Move to Contact Glove provides protection without taking away mobility, thanks to 100-percent goatskin leather, flexible D3O padding that doesn’t constrict, and a mechanical stretch knit back-of-the-hand fabric that’s abrasion resistant. It also features YKK zipper and hook-and-loop wrist closure. Plus, the trigger finger, middle finger, and thumb are touchscreen compatible for added convenience.
Before Hakim Isler ever appeared on TV shows like Naked & Afraid and First Man Out, he was an expert in ninjutsu (among other systems) and a U.S. Army psychological operations sergeant who served in the Middle East. Combining breadth of knowledge and real-world experience, Isler writes a thoroughly entertaining and insightful wilderness survival guide that isn’t just based on concepts from the ancient ninja, but also on his adventures enduring some of earth’s harshest conditions. This softcover manual delves into everything from primal methods (the fire plow) to modern adaptations (turning a discarded soda bottle into a fish trap). And through it all, Isler provides a cerebral, almost spiritual, insight that only a ninja/combat vet/survival expert/TV star could.
Flavors: Various, including Cheddar Bratwurst, Italian-Style, and Polish
MSRP: $55 for 24
As much as we fancy ourselves survivalists, not all of us are going to take down a buck, field dress it, and haul it back to home base during a weekend camping trip with the family. Sometimes we just like to chill and make s’mores. For low-key outings, easy-to-prepare packaged food will probably be your go-to meals. Enter the dinner sausages from Teton Waters Ranch. They’re made from 100-percent grass-fed beef and are free of hormones and antibiotics. While they’re perishable and need to be kept on ice, the wieners are free of added sugars, nitrites, and nitrates … but full of deliciousness. Teton also offers classic bun-length hot dogs, smoked cocktail sausages, and burger patties if you need more variety for your campfire grill.
Dimensions: 20 by 16 by 5.5 inches
Designed as a vehicle emergency kit for drivers who have to evacuate or might get suddenly stranded, the 4 Person Ultimate Go Bag – Extended Edition contains the essentials for you and a small group to sustain for up to three days: thermal blankets, a tube tent, 2,400-calorie food bars, water pouches, water filtration tablets, a first aid kit, and a NOAA weather-band AM/FM radio. Also included are supplemental items like a multi-tool, a five-in-one survival whistle, and a pocket survival guide. If you’re a seasoned survivalist, you might not give this package a second glance. But this kit is a good entry point if you’re new to the preparedness lifestyle or looking to gift to a friend who needs a kickstart.
Weight: 69 pounds
In a postapocalyptic situation, a dual sport bike might seem like ideal transportation. But how readily available will gasoline be? And how will you evade bandits when your engine can be heard half a mile away? Suddenly, electric bikes like the Rebel seem like a smart alternative, especially when combined with a solar generator. Its Bafang 1,000-watt high-torque mid-drive motor and 11-gear derailleur can give the rider a powerful boost whenever pedal power doesn’t cut it. Meanwhile, the GT860 air forks and Maxxis fat tires deliver both the suspension and the traction needed to negotiate everything from mountainous plateaus to sandy beaches. Decked out in TrueTimber Viper Western Camo, the Rebel has a max distance of 48 miles — nothing to scoff at in a TEOTWAWKI scenario.
Dimensions: 4 by 2.5 feet
While this looks like an old-school tarp, it’s actually a pretty handy multi-tool of sorts. As the name denotes, the Waxed Canvas Ground Cloth/Hammock Chair works as a dry spot to sit, kneel, lie, or place your gear on. Made of super durable 10.1-ounce waxed canvas with a 4-inch hem on one end, a 2.5-inch hem on the other, and four grommet holes on each corner, it can be attached to logs to serve as a chair, a table, a shelter, or a tinder gather. If you have cordage, you can transform it into a foraging bag or a haversack. And you can even turn it into a pillow by stuffing it with soft foliage. One smartly designed cloth, many uses. Made in the USA.
Height: 4.5 inches
It’s almost as if Danner made these boots specifically for RECOIL OFFGRID editors. The Jungle 917 Rock Ridge was designed for urban use but was based on Danner’s legendary hiking boots, providing extra support and traction if you need to venture into rocky terrain. The Vibram outsole offers solid grip in wet conditions, the Vibram midsole provides cushioning and stability, the OrthoLite footbed delivers comfort and heat dissipation, and the suede-and-nylon upper creates a durable yet snug hold around your foot. Part sneaker, part hiking boot, the comfortable Rock Ridge doesn’t cast unwanted attention on you in casual environments yet allows you to bug out to the backcountry at a moment’s notice without having to change into more rugged footwear.
Weight: 14.8 ounces
After the sticker shock fades and you delve into the features of this high-definition monocular, it becomes apparent why you get what you pay for. The Liemke Keiler-35 Pro is a thermal spotter, allowing you to see heat signatures in all light conditions — from daytime to pitch-black zero dark 30. This handheld device has detection capability up to 1,350 yards. Plus, it has a 13mm objective lens, a digital zoom of up to 4x, a rechargeable battery with a seven-hour runtime, and integrated Wi-Fi to transfer live image data to a smartphone 54 yards away. So, whether you’re a hunter looking for big game or a prepper surveilling your bug-out property, this investment could mean the difference between feast or famine.
Format: Digital template
Standing for “In Case of Emergency Response System,” this digital product is a template that you download, modify to your needs, and distribute to your loved ones. It contains sections to fill in blood type, allergies, and emergency contact information, as well as rally points and guidelines for your most likely catastrophic scenarios. That way, if SHTF, everyone in your family can independently determine how to communicate with each other and when to shelter in place or bug out. ICERS also contains categorizations of disasters, tips for action plans, and guidelines for creating a personalized method of communication using tap code and Morse code. Like a modern playbook for preppers, ICERS provides a smartly organized template that anyone can adapt to their disaster planning.
OAL: 12 inches
Not everyone has the cargo space or the inclination to haul around a two-handed, two-bit ax. That’s why the Camp Plus Hatchet is a solid choice for a camping trip or your vehicle emergency kit. Clocking in at just 1 pound, 6 ounces and a foot long, this model is the ideal size for portability without sacrificing performance. Made out of high-carbon steel, it has a sharp 2.9-inch cutting edge and a flat poll that’s perfect for batoning wood. Note: Avoid holding the shaft, which has 90-degree corners — great for striking ferro rods, but abrasive on your hands if you’re not careful. Fortunately, the Micarta handle itself is comfy and ergonomic. Overall, the U.S.-made Camp Plus Hatchet is an affordable, reliable ax.
Dimensions: 10 by 7 by 4.75 inches
It’s pretty crazy to think that we have space-age backpacks, but when it comes to stowing our hygiene products, we’re forced to throw all of our toiletries into a Dopp kit — many of which have just one compartment and one zipper to hold things together. How … antiquated. Fortunately, the Tortoise brings the toiletry-bag genre into the 21st century with a futuristic “lunchbox” design, 12 pockets and pouches to help organize your items, and padded exterior panels to protect your travel-sized containers. Moreover, it comes packed with clever features: a hanging hook (for when there’s no sink or counter), a removable zippered hygiene pouch (for more sensitive items), and a detachable mirror (which can double as a signaling device in a SHTF situation).